Dec 31, 2020

A Look in the Rear View Mirror: The Top 10s of 2020

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

2020 was a year unlike any that the eventing community has experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic caused competitions to halt for three months, and when we were able to resume events, the landscape looked quite different. While there were many aspects of 2020 that were challenging, we are so grateful that we still have the opportunity to participate in the sport we all love, and we want to take a moment to reflect on a few of the highlights from this year.

The USEA published more than 700 articles on the website this year on topics ranging from horse health, rider fitness, and training tips to volunteers, conformation critiques, and the stories of our members. Take a look at the top 10 articles we published this year:

Top 10 USEA Educational Articles

  1. One Grid, Four Exercises with Mary Schwentker
  2. Conditioning the Event Horse at the Novice and Training Levels
  3. Four Actions the USEA Cross-Country Safety Subcommittee is Taking to Minimize Risk
  4. Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: Burning Thyme
  5. How Strong is Your Beginner Novice Game?
  6. Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: At The Moment
  7. Grid Pro Quo with Richard Picken
  8. The New Normal: Eventing in the Age of COVID-19
  9. Ten Exercises for Eventers to Train While Sheltering in Place
  10. Rule Refresher: Show Jumping Elimination

You can find more written articles on the USEA website under News.

In addition to written content, the USEA maintains a collection of educational and informational videos on U.S. Eventing TV that members can take advantage of. Here are the USEA's top 10 most viewed videos in 2020:

Top 10 USEA Videos

1. USEA 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test A

2.Rider Fitness Exercises with Laura Crump Anderson

3. USEA 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test B

4. USEA 2018 USEF Novice Test A

5. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 1: Introduction

6. Conformation Critique: Luprian

7. USEF & USEA Joint Webinar for Eventing: A Safe Return to Competition

8. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 4: Judging Your Fence

9. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 2: Communicating with Control

10. A Day in the Life: Florida State Eventing

You can watch all of U.S. Eventing TV's videos here.

At the beginning of 2020, the USEA debuted an updated USEA Official Podcast with a new look and feel for a new decade! Partnering with EquiRatings Eventing Podcast and Nicole Brown Media, the USEA Official Podcast was published on a bi-weekly basis, bringing episodes jam-packed with interviews, special guests, tips and tricks from top professionals, and more. Listen in to our top 10 most listened to podcast episodes of 2020!

Top 10 USEA Official Podcasts

1. #263: Producing a Young Horse with Lauren Nicholson & Max Corcoran

2. #254: Sports Psychology Special with Daniel Stewart

3. #257: Top Tips from Top Grooms

4. #250: The One Where We All Meet

5. #265: Down the Centerline

6. #255: Checking in From Self-Isolation

7. #251: Buck, Wellington, and All Things USEA

8. #256: Coach Sando on Rider Fitness for Performance

9. #264: Great Meadow International Preview

10. #258: Getting Back to Business

You can subscribe to the USEA Official Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PodBean, or Stitcher, or click here to check out the episode list on the USEA website.

The USEA has an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, bringing all kinds of eventing content straight to your favorite social media platform. Check out the top 10 posts that our 55,000 followers on Instagram liked best this year:

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We look forward to seeing you out and about at an event in 2021!

Our membership is what keeps the USEA alive and we always welcome feedback from our members. Have an idea for an article for the USEA website or Eventing USA magazine? Want to contribute an article of your own? Email Jessica Duffy at [email protected] to share your ideas and stories!

Feb 26, 2021 Rules

Update on Appendix 3 Rule Change Proposal

Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).

Feb 26, 2021 Future Event Horse

Details Announced for the 2021 USEA FEH Championships

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.

Feb 25, 2021 Association News

USEA Area II Online Auction Open for Bidding!

USEA Area II announces its annual fundraising auction online is open for bidding! This fundraiser is over 20 years old and now well-known as the "Black Friday" for entries to ALL your favorite events! In typical years, the auction is held as a silent auction at the Annual Area Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, no in-person meeting will be held, so we're bringing the auction to everyone online this year.

Feb 25, 2021 Leaderboard

A Rescue and a Champion: Señor Santana, 2020 SmartPak USEA Pony of the Year

The first USEA Pony of the Year award was presented in 2007 to the legendary Theodore O’Connor (Witty Boy x Chelsea’s Melody), a Thoroughbred/Anglo-Arab gelding ridden by Karen O’Connor and owned by the Theodore O’Connor Syndicate. Now, a trophy bearing his name is presented each year to the Pony of the Year.

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